Elizabeth Jennings is one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century, and wrote widely on poetic tradition and the importance of reading poetry. Her work was informed by poets from George Herbert and Christina Rossetti to Rainer Maria Rilke and Hart Crane, and by a mystical tradition she sought to reconcile with her Roman Catholic faith. While her poetry and prose are still studied by scholars, read at weddings and funerals, and used in religious seminaries and by mental health workers, her status as a poet, like the details of her life, remain elusive. The symposium, organized by Professor Emma Mason (University of Warwick) and Dr Jane Dowson (DMU) gathered academics, students, and members of the public to talk about her poetry, biography, faith and influence. Speakers: Mason and Dowson, plus Professor Michael Schmidt (founder of Carcanet Press), Dr Dana Greene (Emory University), Dr Hester Jones (University of Bristol) and Dr Jean Ward (Gdańsk University).
'Questioning Religion' focuses on the current status of 'religion and literature' in our contemporary research culture. Speakers: Dr Devorah Baum (University of Southampton); Dr Scott Freer (University of Leicester); Professor Mark Knight (University of Toronto); Dr Emma Mason (University of Warwick); Professor John Schad (University of Lancaster); Dr Rebecca Tyler (University of Lincoln).
July 14-16, 2011: The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature (London Notre Dame Centre)
Major international conference for which Emma Mason was on the organizing committee; several of the Theology Reading Group attended, including Máté Vince, Nazry Bahrawi and Paul Kim.
June 2-3, 2011: Religious Identities in Literature (University of Warwick)
Organized by: Nazry Bahrawi and Arina Cirstea; sponsored by the Roberts Fund for Researchers and the Institute of Advanced Study. Keynote speakers: Professor Elisabeth Jay (Oxford Brookes) Dr Emma Mason (Warwick) Dr. Mohamed Salah Omri (St John’s College, Oxford) Professor David Jasper (Glasgow) Dr Ziad Elmarsafy (York) Dr Arthur Bradley (Lancaster).